Rimless or Braced Tanks
Have you heard of Rimless or Braced tanks before? This article will help you with your decision if you want a Rimless Tank or a Braced Tank for your planted aquarium.
Rimless tanks use thicker glass to keep the glass from bowing due to the water’s weight when it is filled and to avoid structural failure of the glass itself and joints. Aesthetically, rimless tanks are simply beautiful and elegant. It just looks amazing.
Most rimless aquariums are made from higher purity glass that is much clearer than standard glass. This type of glass uses silica and a meager amount of iron. This low level of iron removes the greenish-blue tint seen from the standard glass used in aquariums.
Because there are no Euro bracing and plastic trims, you have full access to the tank’s top, and you can clearly see the waterline. However, you can also see the watermarks if your water source is hard, and you are not up to par when it comes to your routine maintenance.
You cannot keep fishes that are known-jumpers as the top is open. Of course, rimless tanks cost more.
The oldest type of aquariums, braced aquariums have these plastic trims at the top and bottom of different color choices. These plastic trims are used to cover the joints and seams of the bracing.
It has an added benefit of not being able to see the waterline. Bracing is used so that the builder can use thinner glass without compromising the structural integrity of the tank, thus reducing the cost.
However, there are equipment that are not compatible with braced tanks, depending on the width of the bracing glass. Most glass and stainless Lily Pipes won’t fit, and most HOB (Hang On Back) filters because they are designed with rimless tanks in mind.
I have a 35 gallon, Euro braced tank, black trims and I am using a Sun Sun 303B Canister Filter and for its intake and outtake tubes, it fits even with the bracing, but I have to DIY to lock them into place.
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They are all recommended, but a planted aquarium should have at least two, and in our experience, you should have both Mechanical and Biological Filtration. Chemical Filtration filter media like Activated Carbon, Zeolites, etc., is not much used in an established and stable planted aquarium. Most of the filter types can house the filter media that will perform all these types of filtration.
It is mostly considered to be one of the most popular aquascape designs today. And for an excellent reason, this style is simply breathtaking and very natural looking. We are replicating nature, after all.
The fastest method of cycling our planted aquarium works if you have an old established tank or a friend’s tank, but what if you don’t have any and are starting from scratch? The traditional method of cycling our tank, fish-in cycling, involves adding a few hardy fish to jumpstart the Nitrogen Cycle.
Our aquarium is very much like a septic tank for our faunas (fish/es, snails, and shrimps). Whenever they excrete, or you are overfeeding, and those organics started to decay, or when dead plant matter decays, Ammonia is produced. When faunas die and decay, they will also produce Ammonia, lots of it actually, until they are removed. This causes ammonia levels in our tank to spike.
Canister filters are more powerful and larger than most other filters, and they are suitable for medium to large planted aquariums. This means you can stuff more media due to its larger capacity/volume, which in turn allows for better filtration and more beneficial bacteria colonization. The simple fact is the more volume your filter has, and the more media you can stuff into it, the more effective and efficient your filtration is and the clearer/cleaner your water is.
I hope you enjoyed this article and if ever you have additional questions or want to share your experiences with rimless or braced aquarium tanks, please leave a comment below.
Next, we will be discussing the types of materials used in building an aquarium and how it can help you with your decision if you want a regular glass aquarium, a low-iron glass aquarium, or an acrylic aquarium.